1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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Social and Progress Reporting Section
stralian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7187


The annual ABS publication Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) provides a suite of indicators of Australia's state of being, under three broad domains; the economy, society and the environment. There are three 'headline dimensions' for individuals: health; education and training; and work. The headline indicator for education in MAP, is the proportion of people aged 25-64 years with a non-school qualification. Educational particiption and level of highest non-school qualification, by sex and state, are also presented. This publication does not purport to measure every aspect of progress that is important. Nor does it consider all of the many different ways in which parts of Australia or groups of Australians are progressing. But it does provide a national summary of many of the most important areas of progress, presenting them in a way which can be quickly understood by all Australians.

The presentation of indicators in this publication, groups the dimensions of progress into four broad areas of progress as follows:

  • Individuals: health; education and training; work; culture and leisure
  • The economy and economic resources: national income, economic hardship, national wealth, housing, productivity, competitiveness and openness, inflation
  • The environment; the natural landscape, the air and atmosphere, oceans and estuaries
  • Living together: family, community and social cohesion, crime, communication, transport, democracy, governance and citizenship.


MAP has previously been published in April 2002 (then called Measuring Australia's Progress), April 2004, April 2005 (as a smaller web-based product) and most recently in 2006. Over this time, the publication has continued to evolve, largely in response to comment received.

The next edition of Measures of Australia's Progress (ABS cat. no. 1370.0) is expected to be available from the ABS website in September 2009.
Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators (ABS cat. no. 1383.0.055.001)
Measures of Australia's Progress: At a Glance (ABS cat. no. 1383.0.55.002)